Farmers exceed Boro rice production target in Rangpur region

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RANGPUR, June 4, 2021 (BSS) – Farmers have already exceeded the fixed production target of Boro rice by 0.91 percent after completing its harvest on 98.54 percent of cultivated land areas in the agriculture region this season.

Officials of the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) said farmers are getting excellent yield rates of Boro rice on way to achieve bumper production as its harvest is expected to complete within a week.

“The farmers have already harvested 98.54 percent of their Boro rice crop till Thursday last with an average yield rate of 4.38 tonnes of clean rice per hectare of land,” Additional Director of the DAE for Rangpur region Agriculturist Bibhu Bhshan Roy told BSS.

Earlier, the DAE had fixed a target of producing 21.54 lakh tonnes of clean Boro rice (32.31 lakh tonnes of paddy) from 4.96 lakh hectares of land in all five districts under the region this season.

“Braving the coronavirus pandemic, farmers have cultivated the rice on over 5.03 lakh hectares of land, 1.41 percent higher than the fixed farming target this season,” he said.

Farmers have cultivated Boro rice crops on more land areas after getting assistance from the government under the post-flood agriculture rehabilitation programme to recoup the crop losses they incurred during the last year’s floods in the region.

“Farmers have already harvested Boro rice on over 4.96 lakh hectares of land in the region producing over 2.17 lakh tonnes of clean rice exceeding the fixed production target by 19,774 tonnes or 0.91 percent,” Roy said.

Many farmers have utilised combined harvester machines for harvesting Boro paddy. With the machine, the harvesting cost of one acre of land is Taka 3,000 per hour which had to be done with labourers around Taka 6,000.

“The government through the DAE distributed combined harvester machines among the farmers and groups of farmers at Taka 14 lakh per unit, 50 percent subsidised rates against the real price of Taka 28 lakh,” Roy said.

Besides, farmers easily harvested their cultivated Boro rice crop using reaper machines in the region this time.

“The field-level DAE officials and experts extended necessary assistance to farmers and provided latest technologies to make the intensive Boro rice cultivation programme a success,” he added.

Talking to BSS, farmers Echhahaq Ali, Aiyub Ali, Zaved Ali, Helal Mian, Ekramul Haque, Ariful Haque Batul and Manik Miah of different villages in Rangpur said they had cultivated Boro rice on two to five acres of land each this season.

All of them have completed harvesting Boro rice on their cropland, got a bumper output of the crop and expressed happiness as the government has started procuring Boro paddy from farmers at fair prices across the region.

Senior Coordinator (Agriculture and Environment) of RDRS Bangladesh Agriculturist Mamunur Rashid said various programmatic steps of the government helped farmers a lot in getting a bumper Boro rice production in the region this season.